Tell Me Something Good #121

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It just dawned to me that this challenge is running for 2 years now and I remember the night I was in my car driving home after a meeting and listening to the radio. It was the program on there that inspired me for this challenge. They asked people to call and let them know what kind of good thing they were looking forward to or experienced and share with their listeners. I just loved the idea obviously. I’m glad it’s going and I love reading what you all are happy about or looking forward to. Sometimes it’s in the little things, you know… sometimes it’s something big that makes us smile. Whatever it is: Cherish it!

But let’s not waste anymore time (as it’s already Tuesday once again here) and let’s kick off this week on a positive note.

It’s easy:

• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

You know it by now! We are not moving any further without a little happy dance. So shake those hips and whatever else you need to shake and dance with a lot of sass…

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What do you mean you’re done? No, no, no… I know you have much more in you… So keep going. I promise it makes you feel good, diapers or no diapers… 😉 And once you are done, here is what I’d like to share with you today:

“I was busy organizing a soccer event over the last weeks and Sunday was meant to be that amazing day for hundreds of girls. It was meant to be that wow moment and peak of the season for them. The day they would remember for years. So much work going into it making sure everything goes to plan. But there is one thing you can never control in regards to an outdoor event: The weather…

So when I woke up due to a loud thunder at 2.30am I didn’t manage to fall asleep anymore, listening to the rain and hail and wind. I checked the time, saw the minutes and hours tick away. I knew the grounds would be super wet but I was confident they would be fine for the girls to play on. I knew we would only suspend all the games if there was lightning. But I couldn’t stop thinking of all the 7-11 year olds out there in the cold (temperatures were announced to drop to 6C…), windy and wet conditions from 9am till 4.30pm. I thought about the chances of hail. I thought of my daughter and her team out there but also about all the other girls.

When I arrived at the grounds as the first one to be there besides the lady running the cafeteria, fighting the wind while making my way to my office for the day, I felt incredibly frustrated. I was sad that the day would not turn out to be what I wanted it to be for the girls. I was sad that they would most likely walk away from it with a ‘it was the worst day ever’ experience. And when we kicked off and I watched them fight their opponents, the wind and rain I was actually super close to tears. But then the weather started changing. The sun came out (it was still super cold but at least dry and sunny) and I heard the giggles, I saw the smiles and then I heard that one remark: “You will always remember this day as the day you played a tournament in the worst possible conditions but you played and you had fun and you didn’t let it get to you.”

In this very moment I felt it. I felt incredibly proud of all the girls out there. Not only my daughter or her team, not only the girls in our club’s the teams but every single girl out there. Their passion, their commitment, their team spirit. Not caving in. Not giving up. Not leaving. Not heading home. But staying. Playing. Facing the elements. Going home in the evening, feeling tired but proud. And most likely with the knowledge that they are not princesses, unable to withstand tough situations. In the contrary: They are mighty, they are tough. No give-up attitude. And I realized that this day, with the most awful weather might have been the one day that they will always think back to and say: “If I was able to do this, I can do anything…”

 

 

Tell Me Something Good #72

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Do you know how, when your mood is not really good, you sort of feel as if everything is slightly grey and heavy? You do? Well how about we try to change that and make a little effort to feel a bit better by simply imagining we sparkle and shine? And in doing so making the start into this day, into this week a much better one?

It’s easy:

  • Mention something that you consider being good in the comments
  • Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.
  • Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Before I share my positive thing with you today how about we all just relax a little bit? Just lean back, breathe deeply and let go of all the tension we might carry with us? Another deep breath and maybe stretch a little bit. And then another little stretch, another deep breath and we are ready to go, right?

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And when you are ready then here is what I’d like to share with you today:

“I know I didn’t deliver on the weekend. There was no My Picks Of The Week post. Not that I didn’t read any posts that were worth sharing. In the contrary. But time just totally got away from me. I promise I will have an extra long list next weekend. The last couple of days have been super busy, leading up to a tournament I was in charge organizing. A tournament with 600 soccer playing girls involved. It was a big day, with lots of soccer, many many many big smiles on happy kids faces and the weather… well… the weather could have been worse. Not only do I look back to it with a smile on my face because of so many girls having had a blast, but also because I have learned a lesson once again.

Maybe not the best lesson but an important one: You can have many, many people being happy and content with something and one person complaining and it’s the person who complains who gets to you. I learned that it’s my decision though if I let this person get to me. It’s my decision if I allow this person space in my head and heart. If I let this person bully away all the happy people. I’m in charge. I allow this person to be in my head but I can also kick this person out of this space. It’s up to me. Today, while still being exhausted but with a little bit of distance I realize that I’m in control. I can control if I have a happy memory or a bad one. And I for sure will now allow all the happy people to “move back” in my head and heart and fill my up with that feel good feeling of having successfully delivered a great event to hundreds of kids.”